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Aorus RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box review: A Thunderbolt 3 dock with a liquid-cooled GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

By Koh Wanzi - 13 Dec 2019
Launch SRP: S$2269

Conclusion

Aorus RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box

A good GPU also needs a good CPU

The Aorus RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box is a very competent external graphics dock in its own right. However, I have to question the wisdom of only giving users the choice of a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, and then recommending an ultrabook pairing for it. Ultrabooks generally have low-power 15W CPUs, and we've seen how limiting it can be for a powerful card like the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. 

The Thunderbolt 3 interface restricts the GPU to just four PCIe 3.0 lanes too, compared to the 16 you'd get on a desktop.

Given that the Razer Blade Stealth 13 and Gaming Box pairing still fails to outstrip the Razer Blade 15 in games, it sure doesn't seem like the S$2,269 the dock costs is a smart investment. If you're looking to improve the gaming performance on your ultrabook, it feels like a more affordable card like the GeForce RTX 2060 would be a better pick. Gigabyte has put forward an interesting and very attractive proposition with a liquid-cooled GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, but the Gaming Box doesn't quite live up to its promise, let down by the Intel Core i7-1065G7.

What's more, the Gaming Box wasn't designed to be upgradeable, so you're just stuck with a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti whose full potential you'll never be able to unlock with a mere ultrabook-class CPU. If you had an entry-level gaming laptop with the Core i7-9750H, the Gaming Box could possibly be better utilised.

7.5
  • Performance 7
  • Features 8.5
  • Value 6
The Good
Liquid-cooled GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is the first of its kind in an external GPU dock
Decent selection of ports and connectors
The Bad
Severely limited by ultrabook-class CPUs
GPU not upgradeable